Posted: 2/12/2009 2:07:00 PM
Source: This article originally appeared in the New York Post on Feb. 11, 2009.
A rare trove of 11,000 Hebrew books and manuscripts went on display at Sotheby's this week as the auction house seeks to find a buyer for what is considered the greatest collection of Judaica in private hands.
The Valmadonna Trust Library, valued at more than $40 million, includes documents of unparalleled significance, including a copy of a 16th century Hebre Bible once owned by Westminister Abbey. Some have burn or water marks or other signs of religious persecution.
"I don't know of any other collection quite like it in private hands," said curator Arthur Kiron, of the University of Pennsylvania.